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Practical Malware Analysis: Rapid Introduction

Course Description

Get a rapid introduction to Malware Analysis and Reverse Engineering from the guy who wrote the book. This crash course will train students on how to triage and analyze malicious software. Students will get hands-on experience in the art of dissecting malicious code and gain necessary skills in order to perform analysis in the field. This class prepares you for the Advanced Malware Analysis training that will be offered this Fall at Brucon.

Students will learn how to:

  • Get hands on experience analyzing backdoors, downloaders, keyloggers and spyware
  • Use key analysis tools like IDA Pro and OllyDbg
  • Analyze stealthy malware that hides its execution
  • Develop a methodology for unpacking malware and deal with the most popular packers
  • Quickly extract network signature and host-based indicators to locate and defeat malicious software
  • Apply new found knowledge of Windows Internals for malware analysis
  • Set up a safe virtual environment to analyze malware in a lab environment
  • Come for the rapid introduction or to sharpen your skills for the Advanced Malware Analysis Class this Fall!

Course Contents

Day 1

  • Malware Analysis overview
  • Setting up a safe environment
  • Basic static and dynamic techniques
  • Quickly obtaining signatures and indicators
  • A crash course in x86 Disassembly

Day 2

  • Using IDA Pro for reversing malware
  • Analyzing malicious Windows programs
  • Debugging malware

Day 3

  • Covert Malware Launching
  • Packers and Unpacking
  • Additional Special Topic as decided by the class


  • Eagerness to learn by getting hands-on
  • Knowledge of operating systems and computer architectures
  • Basic computer programming skills with any language
  • Windows Internals knowledge is helpful but not required

Software and hardware requirements

VMware Workstation or Fusion installed. VMware Player is acceptable for this class, but generally not recommended. Roughly 30GB of free hard drive space for tools and the VMware image.

Trainer Biography

Michael Sikorski is the Director of the FireEye Labs Advanced Reverse Engineering (FLARE) Team. He leads the team through reverse engineering malware as a primary analyst and manages the overall workflow and process used by the team. Mike created a series of courses in malware analysis and teaches them to a variety of audiences including the FBI, NSA, and Black Hat. He is co-author of the book “Practical Malware Analysis,” which is published by No Starch Press. Mike came to FireEye through its acquisition of Mandiant, where he worked for seven years. Prior to Mandiant, Mike worked for MIT Lincoln Laboratory and the National Security Agency. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Department of Computer Science.

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Wed. 22 - 24 April 2015 (09:00 - 17:00)


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